"That said, there are also openers that do far worse than 'Hey, what’s up.' ...The poorest performers are typically negative or pessimistic in tone." Instead, people are more likely to respond to messages that display a unique question about lifestyle, food preferences or musical taste: If you're using a dating app that shows a person's age on their profile, that information might come in handy when you're sending a first message.
People 18-23, for example, value questions that are novel and surprising, like this: "Pain reliever personality: Advil, Tylenol, or complaining? Men like to receive direct, assertive messages, and they're 98 percent more likely to respond to invitations such as "Drinks soon? " People in different cities respond to different topics, Hinge found. For conversation starters referencing celebrities, people in L. responded 75 percent more frequently than users in any other city. If your app matches you with someone you really fancy, yet you're not sure how to make the first move, waiting things out might not be the best idea.
According to the Hinge report, men and women differ when it comes to waiting for a match to send the first message.
The report is the result of a month-long experiment, during which members of the Hinge team crafted over 100 different openers and let a small portion of its users access them.
Whenever the app matched those people with someone new, it sent them a prompt to use one of the conversation starters.
That's according to Hinge, a popular matchmaking service which connects users based on shared Facebook friends.
Hinge published a report Thursday on the best ways to start a conversation with your matches and improve your chances of getting a response.